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"Bukowski. You either love him or hate him. This is one of his best collections of short stories — raunchy, sodden, and bloated. Enjoy."
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"People come to my door — too many of them really — and knock to tell me Notes of a Dirty Old Man turns them on. A bum off the road brings in a gypsy and his wife and we talk...drink half the night. A long distance operator from Newburgh, N.Y. sends me money. She wants me to give up drinking beer and to eat well. I hear from a madman who calls himself 'King Arthur' and lives on Vine Street in Hollywood and wants to help me write my column. A doctor comes to my door: 'I read your column and think I can help you. I used to be a Psychiatrist.' I send him away...".

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Bukowski takes on the guise of the wise fool in this novel, describing the futility and beauty of life.

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Charles Bukowski was born in Andernach, Germany in 1920 and brought to Los Angeles at age three. Using the city as a backdrop for his work, Bukowski wrote prolifically, publishing over fifty volumes of poetry and prose. He died in San Pedro, California on March 9, 1994. His books are widely translated and posthumous volumes continue to appear.

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Michelleyevshky, May 30, 2007 (view all comments by Michelleyevshky)
"Notes of a Dirty Old Man" is a haphazard, unfortunately redundant and angry collection of rants by an undeniably gifted writer and poet. Bukowski heaves his heavy bagful of words off his back in an angry plop--then deserts that bag entirely in favor of the bottle, leaving whatever shards of "spirit" within to be stirred in with the silt.

If you like, or can weather, reading about masturbating with a phone mouthpiece or killing someone with a typewriter, you've met your match. Why do I give this a two if I find it so disgusting? Well, Bukowski is a genius. The angry bitter mumbling of a madman sometimes subsides away and into the madness of spirit and beauty. (Strangely, I don't doubt the cutesy family film "Angels In the Outfield" was jacked from this collection. There have been stranger things, but not many.) He sums it up well in these clarified, aching words: "...all the hard poems; he'd played hard-man all his life but he was soft. everybody was soft, really--the hard was only there to protect the soft."

I think he tried to shake his audience off him like a bad hangover. If that's what he was trying to do, he did a good job of it.
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ISBN:
9780872860742
Author:
Bukowski, Charles
Publisher:
City Lights Books
Location:
San Francisco
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
United states
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Stories (single author)
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2
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Trade Paper
Series Volume:
no. 12
Publication Date:
November 1973
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TRADE PAPER
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English
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Y
Pages:
204
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8 x 5.5 x 0.6 in 9.5 oz

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